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Exchange 2010 High level tasks required to merge 2 or more companies to use a single email system

Hi Experts,

Can anyone please provide me with some sort of documentation regarding integrating 2 or more companies into a single email systems?

For example,

Company A acquires Company B. Company A uses Exchange 2010 as email systems and the email domain is companyA.com.

Company B uses Exchange 2003, and their email domain is CompanyB. com

The management has decided all users will have one email address policy, however users should receive emails sent to their individual domains as part of a transition period, later on, they should receive email through a single email domain that could be the name of companyA.com, or a new email domain

What tasks should be performing as part of the migration/integration/transition?

Perhaps you can attach a flow chart, visio high level presentation, blogs/links/docs?

Trust relationship
AD Zones
MX records?
Send/receive connectors?

Any other ideas?
Jerry Seinfield
Jerry Seinfield
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Will SzymkowskiSenior Solution ArchitectCommented:
High level steps are below...

- Create a Forest Trust between Company A and B
- Use the ADMT to migrate AD users to company A domain
- Do remote mailbox moves from company B to company A
- Move the MX Records for Company B to point at Company A mail servers
- Create Accepted Domain for Company B (so they can continue to receive mail from companyb.com domain)
- Add additional connectors (if needed)
- Colapse company B domain once all AD objects are moved to company A domain
- Add DC to Company (B) physical site (if you want mail hosted there you will need to also have the DC act as a GC as well)

Hope this helps.
AmitIT ArchitectCommented:
I suggest you to use 3rd party tool. Like from Quest.
Jerry SeinfieldAuthor Commented:
Thanks guys

Can anyone please attach the doc of Quest Exchange migrator?
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